Hyannis crashes; Passersby save driver from fiery crash; Wrecker operator nabbed for 3rd OUI

Rollover crash closes Main Street Hyannis

- Barnstable Police closed down Main Street in Hyannis for a time following a spectacular crash about 3:45 PM. A vehicle collided with a parked car near Pearl Street. The impact caused this Volkswagen Passat to roll on its roof. Miraculously nobody was seriously injured. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Posted on 2/04 at 4:15 PM. Photo courtesy of Frank Paparo/NEVN.

Two injured in Hyannis crash
- Two people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital after a two vehicle crash in Hyannis. The crash occurred about 2 PM on Independence Drive at the entrance to the Stop & Shop. The severity of the injuries was not immediately known. Barnstable Police are investigating. Posted on 2/04 at 2:30 PM. Photo courtesy of Frank Paparo/NEVN.

Passersby save driver from fiery crash
- Falmouth officials credit three passing motorists with saving the life of a driver involved in a fiery crash. The crash happened at 390 Old Main Road around 11:50 AM when the 1997 Lincoln driven by 25-year old Andrew Emerald of Cataumet struck a tree  and caught fire. Falmouth Police tell Cape Wide News John Soares of Falmouth, Matthew Buonomo of Cataumet and William Leisserson of Connecticut all stopped and were able to pull Emerald from the burning wreckage before rescuers arrived. Emerald was taken to Falmouth Hospital and later flown to Brigham & Women's hospital in Boston. Firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames. Falmouth Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Posted on 2/04 at 2:30 PM; updated on 2/05 at 11:30 AM.

Special weather statement: bitter windchills Monday and Tuesday morning.

Wrecker operator charged with 3rd OUI
- Yarmouth Police arrested a tow truck driver for a 3rd offense operating under the influence.  It started on Friday afternoon about 3:40 when Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Gordon T. Gibbons received a report from a concerned motorist that a white tow truck was operating erratically and just missed striking the motorist head on.

Patrol Officer Gibbons radioed the report in and began searching for the vehicle in the area of Buck Island Road in West Yarmouth. Within minutes, Patrol Officer Gibbons located the suspect vehicle on Winslow Gray Road and stopped it on Dancing Brook Road near the intersection of Forest Road in South Yarmouth.

Upon encountering the two occupants-Patrol Officer Gibbons noticed that the passenger side front fender and front of the 2002 Chevrolet C-Series tow truck was freshly damaged with wires and a headlight hanging down. The passenger reportedly admitted that they had just struck a trailer in Hyannis and did not stop or report it.

Fellow Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Olivier Naas arrived at the scene and provided back up protection and investigative assistance as Patrol Officer Gibbons encountered the operator. A computer check of the operator's license indicated that it was revoked for previous convictions of drunk driving. While placing the operator under arrest, Patrol Officer Gibbons' report says he detected odors of alcoholic beverage usage and signs of impairment and advised the operator that he was also under arrest for drunken driving

The passenger was also determined to be using alcoholic beverages and the tow truck was towed from the scene by another tow truck from the on-call wrecker service.

The Barnstable Police Department was contacted and verified that a hit and run crash investigation was in progress in Hyannis on Bodick Road involving the tow truck. The operator 40-year old Robert L. Nunes (pictured) of Falmouth was charged with OUI 3rd offense, operating with a revoked license, and failing to stay in marked lanes. He was being held on $5,000 cash bail and is scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on Monday. Photo furnished by Yarmouth Police. Posted on 2/04 at 2:30 PM.

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